Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool Premier League 5th May 2014 “ THAT slip. If you Google the term “football slip” the most prominent image on the page is of Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard splayed out on the pitch with Demba Ba bounding past him for a 2-0 Chelsea victory. The heartbeat of this […]Read More Losing My Favourite Game: ‘Full Force Gayle’ with Sian Waller
“You look at Under-16s or Under-17s and it’s absolutely riddled with foreign players. What chance does that give to young English players? It gives them virtually no chance.” Paul Scholes, speaking to the Daily Mail in 2015 It has become a staple of football quizzes in Britain. ‘How many non-British or Irish players started in […]Read More The Kids Are Coming: What’s Behind The Resurgence of English Youth Prospects in the Premier League?
Welcome, one and all, to our new feature for the 2019/20 season, Losing My Favourite Game, where football fans from all walks of life come together to wallow in the one thing that unites us all: the pain of defeat. Every week this season, we’ll be asking prominent voices from the world of football and beyond […]Read More Losing My Favourite Game: ‘Talking About Madrid’ with Dan Tracey
Ah shit, here we go again… After a summer where the football never really ended, but the world’s chances of a prosperous future took a severe nosedive; where puce-faced men vented their spleens at the arrogance of the US Women’s national team and, with no hint of irony, talked up their chances of giving Serena […]Read More Premier League 2019/20 Season Preview
That’s it. That’s the season. 380 games, 1,072 goals and one black cat later, and Manchester City have only gone and won the blummin’ thing again. There were things to savour despite the predictable denouement however; Liverpool’s endless pursuit, Tottenham’s squatting rights, Manchester United (general), Watford being good, actually? The return of Brendan, Neil Warnock […]Read More Premier League 2018/19 Season Review
For the first time in five years it looks as though the Premier League title race will go down to the final day, as Manchester City and Livepool’s ruthless pursuit of English football’s top prize leaves the devastated remains of their fellow top flight teams pressed and passed to death in their wake. Whilst this […]Read More Race For The Prize: The Thrills and Spills of a Title Race Through the Eyes of the Fans.
We’ve reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, and now only sixteen teams retain the dream of lifting the world’s oldest cup in May. To celebrate this season’s competition we’re looking back on some of the great cup ties from years gone by. Not necessarily the biggest shocks (we all remember Bradford City winning […]Read More FA Cup Flashback: Leaving of Liverpool (1990/91)
“Sanchez, Cork, Young, and Fashanu in there…SANCHEZ IS IN THERE! AND IT’S A GOAL FOR WIMBLEDON!” The cliché goes that a lot can happen in ninety minutes. At Wembley in the 1988 FA Cup Final, Wimbledon completed their remarkable rise from non-league to surprise cup winners via four promotions in ten years. Lawrie Sanchez’s goal […]Read More Underground, Overground: AFC Wimbledon Put Relegation Fears Aside in a Bid to Make History.
“The hardest thing is to maintain a level of success that keeps going year after year. There might be several factors involved in it. I have never looked back, always forward.” Sir Alex Ferguson Last season Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City staked their claim as one of the greatest teams English football has ever seen. With 100 […]Read More The Second Time Around: Manchester City, Manchester United, and the Art of Retaining the Title.
The Premier League was somewhat overshadowed this weekend by the second leg of the Copa Libertadores in Buenos Aires, where fierce rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors were scheduled to resume hostilities on Saturday night after a 2-2 draw at Boca’s La Bombanera a fortnight ago. In scenes of civil disobedience that made Brexiteers’ threats […]Read More When A Cock Crows. Premier League Week 13 Hitters & Shitters